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Salvation - Avery Brewing Company

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928 Ratings
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Ratings: 928
Reviews: 516
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 22
Gots: 59 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-10-2002)
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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery's Salvation delivers a deep golden body beneath a creamy head of white froth that fades steadily away to a thin collar, leaving behind some nice splashes and spots of lace.

The nose is malty, sweetish like candy, and spicy with some lemon peel in the background.

It's medium/full bodied and lightly crisp, leaving it quite smooth across the palate.

The flavor delivers more than the nose promises, with a rich, bread and honey-like maltiness that's peppered with gentle spice, a spritz of lemon, and some lightly vanilla-ish candy. Some floral hops make their way through (especially in the finish); as does some alcohol (again, mainly in the finish). The bitterness is restrained to let the sugar, yeast, and spice shine, but it's balanced; and it finishes drying as the sweet malt fades and the yeasty character (bubblegum, clove) emerges.

I found it a little dull for the style - just not as crisp and delicately balanced as it could be. Instead, it seems a bit flabby and uninteresting. There are no flaws, but at the same time it doesn't really go anywhere. It's just a basic, well done, dextrinous, Belgian-style golden ale.

NeroFiddled, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet fruity pale malt and Belgian candy sugar scent along with a Belgian yeast aroma. It is rich and malty with fruity esters. The taste is good. It has a smooth and slightly warm flavor that boasts of pale malts and candy sugar. It goes down easy with quite a bit of hops in the finish; nice touch. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good Belgian ale. It has excellent flavor and aroma. It is a bit hoppier than most, but that's what I like about it.

WesWes, May 31, 2005
Photo of walleye
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a hazy golden amber, with a little white head. aroma fruity, peach, pears, and apricot, yeast, and a nice touch of hops. flavor, cinnamon, and a nice blend of fruits orange, peaches, and a hint of cherries, and sweet malts, and some hops and yeast, the alcohol comes out just a little.

walleye, May 21, 2005
Photo of twelvsies
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice blond colored ale with a large head, served in a snifter. Nice lacing on the glass as I drink. Smell and taste are more hoppy than I'd expect from a Belgian style pale ale, but a nice change from the norm. Lemon citrus and spicey corriander balance out the hops a little, and there's some sweet maltyness to the beer as well. There's an odd soapy character to the beer that I find to be a little bit of a turn off, but otherwise it's a pretty solid brew. I think it might be even better if it was simplified a little.

twelvsies, May 06, 2005
Photo of MrSeth
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a medium size goblet with a copper color and a 2" head that breaks up and leaves groups of big bubbles swirling around the glass. Spots of suds stick to the glass.

Maple, molasses and green tea in the nose.

Hops are the first thing to hit the taste buds. Mossy, green tea notes, then fresh apricot and sweet pepper relish. Smooth, heavily carbonated beneath a medium-heavy body, but again dry like green tea.

MrSeth, May 01, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a one-finger cream head, fades quickly and leaves no lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is peach/spices. Starts with a sweet, spicey flavor but the alcohol is there, hops are there at the finish. Different from Belgian strong pales but not bad. $6.20 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of beerceller99
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle.
Clear orange-straw hue with very little head. Sweet smells of bananas, watermelon, black pepper. Nicely carbonated with a light, creamy mouthfeel. Decent taste of black pepper and spices with a hint of bubblegum.
A decent brew but not a great one ; has a raw, unfinished quality which I thought might go away after a year in the cellar.
No such luck here.

beerceller99, Apr 23, 2005
Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with decent head and lacing

Smell: Yeasty Belgian nose with vague hints of candi sugar, banana and coriander

Taste: Lots of interesting fruity and spicy flavors up front - peaches, black pepper and cardamom; after the swallow, an unusual dry bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not my favorite style but this one stands out as a very refined example with the iconoclastic character you would expect from Avery

brentk56, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of clvand0
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a moderate head that falls slowly and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of alcohol and sweetness with some graininess and spices as well. Very strong aroma. The flavor has a bit of dark fruit and has a very warming characteristic. The hop/spice blend is interesting, but it's not completely up my alley. It's tasty and very well-crafted, but I like my Belgian slightly different from this. Lots of citrus going along with the spices. The alcohol definately makes this one a sipper. Body is pretty thick and the drinkability is ok.

clvand0, Apr 15, 2005
Photo of RBorsato
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy peach with a big beige head, low carbonation, and virtually no lace... weird combination. Sweet sugary malt aroma with a light smoky character and a bit of oxidation. Same in flavor with a strong smoked malt flavor ... a peach colored barleywine ? Full bodied and creamy with a warming alcohol sensation but falls a bit flat.

Wonder if age had an effect on smokiness ? Try fresh at some point.

Per Label: "Belgian malted barley, Belgian candy sugar, Styrian Goldings hops, and authentic Belgian yeast"

Per Avery website:
Beer Style: Belgian Strong Golden Ale
Hop Variety: Styrian Goldings

'01' embossed on bottom
Tasted: 04/11/05

($5.49 / 22 oz. bottle capped with gold foil wrap)

RBorsato, Apr 15, 2005
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. No freshness or best before dates observed on the label.
Appearance: clear amber tone with a thin skim of a head, off-white in color. No lace. Lack of even a modest head, given the glass and pour, was disappointing.
Smell: woof, talk about boozy! Big alcohol fumes steamroll the underlying notes of peaches and apricots. Bit of herbal hops aroma, too.
Taste: candied peaches and dried apricots initially along with a lesser flavor of bready malts. Candy sugar was very evident. Decent amount of bitterness that was roughly shoved aside by a blast of raw alcohol flavor. No kidding this is 9% ABV!
Feel: full, almost chewy.
Overall: given Avery's prediliction for beers with a big, boozy taste (think: Beast), this one is right at home. Still, Salvation comes on too strong in the alcohol department, outstripping the other tastes. to be cosidered a real good example of the style. Not one I'd come back to soon.

Boilermaker88, Apr 11, 2005
Photo of LPorter33
1.75/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Purchased bottle from liquor store on Devonshire/State intersection.

Appearance = Foggy golden orange hue small head, decent carbonation. I like the color

Smell = Fruity, flowery scent like jasmin with strong smell of alcohol coming through

Taste = Not a fan of this one. Extremely bitter without much else coming through. Very bland and acidic. Can taste the 9% all the way through.

Overall = I can't recommend this beer. Perhaps I just sampled a bad bottle but if not, this one hit me the wrong way on all notes of taste.

LPorter33, Apr 10, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with me by clvand0. It pours a nice golden color with a 2 finger head that falls to one finger. The nose is big, with whiffs of alcohol, slight raisiney sweetness, and a big spiceyness. The flavor is more subdued than the nose/ The raisiney sweetness is backed with a slightly bready ness and a bit of citrusy lemoney moving into the spiceyness. The feel is bigh and thick and full wtih only a light to moderate carbonation. Overall, the flavor is just okay on this one. The alcohol is very well hidden. A nice brew.

kmpitz2, Apr 08, 2005
Photo of HogHill
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Puchased a 22oz for ~$5 bucks at Groton Market.

Poured a very clear gold color with some amber highlights. A one inch head of white froth topped it off. It smells of fruit, sweet malts and some spice.

Taste to my tongue is malt combined with the sweetness from the candy sugar, a dash o' spice, and some bitter hops (low on the alphas though) . Definitely a warm alchohol taste on the finish You can tell it's a high AB beer (9%).

A little too much cloying, stickiness for me to enjoy again and again, but a pretty good brew nonetheless.

Overall, reminiscient of that VP candidate goof from a few elections ago who said something similar , I knew Duvel Moortgat, and you sir, are no Duvel!

The wise Brewru's at Avery tell me "Salvation is discovering your passion, purpose, meaning in life. We Brew, What about You?"

A: I drink and critique.

Other bottle notes:
"Seek and ye shall find! Salvation is a divinely drinkable golden treasure, full of fruity aroma and hoppy complexity with a soft, light palate."

"Brewed with pure Rocky Mounatin water, imported Belgian malted barley, Belgium candy sugar, Styrian Goldings hops, and authentic Belgian yeast.

HogHill, Apr 08, 2005
Photo of crookedhalo
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. foil and capped bottle. Pours a clear golden to amber colored with a fluffy beige colored head that turns to sparse clinging foam. Very malty nose; mixed with a hint of pear, and a nutty, estery, and yeasty characteristicts. Mild citrus/hoppy aroma paired up with a faint alcohol whiffs in the finish of the aroma as well. A bit slick on the tongue. The flavor imparts a buttery, slick/sweet malt kick with some more vinous, spicy, fruity, and grassy astringency nearer the finish. A bit peppery in its alcohol presence. Reminds me a bit of a U.S. brewed interpretation of Delirium Tremens. Pretty decent, but a tad bit too sticky.

crookedhalo, Mar 12, 2005
Photo of mgdeth
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Typical light amber pale ale color, with hints of orange. Large rocky head, with some beer lace.

Smell - This beer has a spicy aroma characteristic of many Belgian ales. I also detect a bubblegum aroma, which is pleasing.

Taste - This beer has a very spicy flavor, almost like pepper. Strong alcohol taste comes through toward the aftertaste. The alcohol aftertaste is distracting. Hops appear to be in the beer mostly to offset the malt.

Mouthfeel - Thick and warming. Seems appropriate to style.

Drinkability - Too much alcohol in the flavor detracts from the overall experience. Otherwise, the beer is pretty good.

Comments - While the beer has complex flavors and is generally pretty appealing, it is not as well balanced as I would like. Maybe this one would do well if it was cellared for a while.

mgdeth, Mar 07, 2005
Photo of Truh
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Attended a tent revival with this one on 11/22/2004. 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. poured twice in a shaker.

Crème de rock candy white of 1/8-inch head fluff that gargles down to a fungal coating with light lacing. Liquid gold with a slight edge towards coppering, crystal clear and almost mute. Light lemon, buttermilk, clover scents on nose, but all of it is nicely blended. Clover/mint/cloves mix at start, with some cooling candy chunk; finishes quickly. The iconographic label is cool, and I would grab this before I would The Reverend.

Truh, Mar 05, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured crystal clear medium golden. The head was white, frothy and moussy and lasted well to coat and lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity, malty and ever so slightly spicy. The maltiness had a strong caramel and hop presence.

The flavor was malty, slightly fruity and slightly spicy. The hop bittering was similar to an APA or an IPA. The hop flavor was American hops.

The finish was just dry with lasting hop presence well into the aftertaste. The body was medium full and well done. The alcohol only made itself known in the slight presence after consumption.

22 ounce bottle. This was an IPA, perhaps a double IPA. The bottle says Belgian Golden, but there was very little about it that was Belgian. It was a tasty brew nonetheless.

GCBrewingCo, Mar 05, 2005
Photo of beertastegood
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy amber with a very small head. It smells primarily of hops with a slight malt aroma as well.

Taste: first thing I noticed was a strong hop flavor that quickly faded, follwed by a hint of alcohol, which then faded into a malty-sweet finish that was smooth and dry.

I wouldn't say this is extremely drinkable, but it is very tasty. I have had Avery's Czar and felt that the alcohol overpowered everything else. I was expected that to happen with this brew, but was pleasantly surprised.

beertastegood, Mar 03, 2005
Photo of Quaffer
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Picked this up in Dallas. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This was a glowing orange beer with just the merest hint of haze. The slightly off-white head rose up to about two fingers with an aggressive pour. It settled down at an average pace, leaving quite a bit of itself behind on the side of the glass. As I drank the beer, tons of lace was left on the side of the glass.

Smell: Very true to the style in the aroma. Fruits (mostly apples and grapes, though there are hints of citrus) and spices (pepper and clove) were immediately detectable. Lightly roasted malts and just the right amount of spicy alcohol rounded things out. The alcohol gained strength as the beer sat, but never overpowered like it did in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied. It had quite a bit of presence on the tongue for the amount of body present. Very smooth up in the front of the mouth with the carbonation kicking in as the beer hit the throat.

Taste: Like a few other Avery beers that I have had in the past, the alcohol in this one overpowered the other flavors at times. Luckily, this happened only occasionaly. The majority of the time, things balanced out fairly nicely. When I was able to detect the other flavors, there were sweet apples, tart cherries, and plums. Green grass was present along the sides of the tongue in the middle. The finish was a combonation of strong roasted malt, hops bitterness, and a continuation of the green grass. As I said, sometimes the alcohol overpowered everything. But most of the time, it just lended a pleasant spicy component to the brew. A light pepper flavor lingered into the aftertaste.

Quaffer, Feb 08, 2005
Photo of aquatonex
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pretty honey colored, rather translucent. 1.5 fingers head, nice and foamy, decent retention. Smells of malts, alcohol, and fruits. Taste is a little crass, not as elegant as it should be. The malts and fruits give way too quickly to a bitter acrid alcohol taste which lingers after you swallow. Could be better, but still pretty good. And, 9% alcohol packs a heavy wallop and I'd drink it again.

aquatonex, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of Boto
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber: This one pours a darker golden color. There was a limited amount of head on it, and it died off quickly. There is a very apealing aroma to this beer. No one scent is on top, but I get definite notes of apricots, nutmeg, and some yeastiness. The taste is quite slick. There aare the peaches and apricots in there, as well as some spiciness. I like this alot!

Boto, Feb 01, 2005
Photo of IceAce
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presented with an orange / copper body and a dense light tan collar of foam. An earthy nose of dry malt, yeast, and cookie dough.

Taste is chewy dough and Belgian yeast focused on the rear of the palate. Yeasties continue their gripthrough the swallow and do a slow Belgian fade on the finish.

Truly excelleny mouthfeel and a highly drinkable Belgian Strong.

IceAce, Jan 30, 2005
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice, peachy, deep golden hue, ample, creamy white foam sitting on top.
Big sweetness in the nose, a little sour, too, but full of citric flavors, lemon, orange, apricot, very spicy and spritzy as well, almost too candy-ish in the sweet factor, though.
Taste...a bit sticky on the palate, big, bold peppery flavor, a bit too much so...rather brisk, with a sourness sticking near the sweet...an oddly cloying mouthfeel, laying thick on the tongue and lasting long in the mouth.
This dies off a bit, and it's a bit easier to take, later on...now, the sweetness is subdued, relaxed, less obnoxious...still, not a spot-on tripel like we'd like...hard to peg this attempt at a tripel, as it doesn't quite nail it, but you've got to like it for trying, at least.
Gorgeous bottle, though...

feloniousmonk, Jan 17, 2005
Photo of marburg
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As I recall, the description of this I was given from someone said "it's like champagne." That's a load of shit, but this is pretty good nonetheless.

Syrupy-looking golden orange in color. Zero head. Big, fruity, malty aromas laced with candi sugar and a moderate dash of spicy hops -- apricot, sugar, and spice. Quite sweet and sugary, this begins with a load of sweet fruit and dried apricot and develops into a slightly more zesty mid palate before closing with sweet, biting alcohol and mild hops. Decent Belgian imitator.

marburg, Jan 12, 2005
Salvation from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 928 ratings.